Assistant Director of Communications, College of Arts & Letters

University of Notre Dame

South Bend, Indiana

Date Posted May 12, 2023
Industry Academia, Nonprofit
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time


Who we need: The College of Arts & Letters’ Office of Communications at the University of Notre Dame is seeking a dynamic, intellectually curious, creative, and collaborative assistant director who is passionate about producing content and developing messaging that promotes the arts, humanities, and social sciences. This position is responsible for overseeing two key pieces of the office’s communications strategy — editorial and digital storytelling, and undergraduate recruitment and engagement.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
The assistant director functions as senior editor of all Arts & Letters content, managing the production of news and feature stories which showcase the value of a Notre Dame liberal arts education, enhance the College’s research reputation and prestige, and demonstrate the global impact of students and alumni from a wide range of programs. This position is also responsible for leading social media strategy and content creation efforts, composing and distributing e-newsletters, maintaining the home page and other areas of the College website, copy editing other material produced by the office, and overseeing a staff writer/editor, student workers, and freelance writers. As assistant director, this position works closely with the office’s director of communications and marketing to develop communications strategies and tactics in support of the College’s goals. This position manages key projects and events related to undergraduate recruitment and engagement and is responsible for developing programming and marketing collateral targeted toward prospective and current students and their parents.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, English, marketing, public relations, or other liberal arts/related field
  • 5 years of professional experience in writing, editing, publishing, marketing, public relations, digital media, or other communications fields
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong planning and organizational skills, including a keen attention to detail and the ability to juggle multiple projects and deadlines
  • Strong proofreading and fact-checking skills, including knowledge of AP style

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a news or feature writer or editor
  • Experience creating social media content and developing digital strategy
  • Experience in or familiarity with higher education, especially the liberal arts
  • Experience managing people and leading collaborative teams
  • Ability to think abstractly, conceptually, strategically, and tactically
  • Expert skills and experience in client relationship management, including the ability to work with diverse creative and technical teams and the ability to communicate clearly and collaborate effectively with a broad range of constituencies
  • Familiarity with Google Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and content management systems
  • High level of time and project management skills; ability to manage people
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all proprietary and confidential information